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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Hey Brother" is a single from Swedish producer and DJ Avicii about the strength of family bonds. With no iffy language, references to drugs or alcohol, or violence, the song is OK for young kids. The music video shows footage from the Vietnam War and someone drinking a beer, but since the war footage isn't graphic and the drinking is de-emphasized in a background shot, it's still OK for most kids.
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What's the story?
HEY BROTHER is the third single from Swedish producer and DJ Avicii's debut album True. The song features vocals by American bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski. The single and its music video describe the strength of brotherly and sisterly bonds, with a vow to be supportive no matter what. The music video intersperses shots of the Vietnam War with images of two brothers while the lyric video shows a montage of random video clips in slow motion.
Is it any good?
Fans of electronic dance music and country enthusiasts alike will like this catchy tune. Tyminski's strong vocals are a good match for the pounding dance beats, and the sentimental message is sure to tug on some heartstrings. The only real downfall is the repetition. Since it's a dance track, the same verse and chorus are sampled over and over, which makes the song feel formulaic and a little tired before it's finished. It would be stronger if it told a more complete story, which you'd expect from a country song.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the message of the song. Do you agree with the lyric "the water's sweet but blood is thicker"? Are family bonds more important than other obligations?
Why do you think Avicii set the music video during the Vietnam War? How does it relate to the lyrics of the song?
Do you like the mix of genres in the song? Do you think country and electronic dance music go together?
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